Ya it was a bad goal, and Jimmy did have a bit of an off night, but how many turnovers did we give up in front of our net that he bailed us out on? Don't just look at the goals guys, look at the saves, our defense couldn't stop a basketball if they wanted to, they turn pucks over more times a game then the leafs organization has made bad decisions in the last 10 years. I just hate how everyone always turns to blaming the goalie when we lose
I'm telling you that I firmly believe that you win and lose as a team. But this is not the first, second, or even third game where Jimmy has let in questionable goals and we end up losing by 1 goal. It's more like 4, 5, or 6. You can't figure that we're going to take home the 2 points in all of those games if a save is made here or there instead of a goal. But you can figure we are going to at least take home an average of 1. If we multiply this out by the 48 game schedule, we'll be left looking at a 10-15 points in the standings difference if that extra save is made for the 10-15 games we lose by a goal. That's the difference between playoffs and not playoffs. So in summary, does the team need to play better? Absolutely. The whole team has stunk this year, outside of Datsyuk and a few others. Does Howard need to play better? 100% yes. You can't be an average goalie if your team is just average. You have to be a great goalie to win games with an average team in front of you. That being said, understand that I'm not BLAMING Howard. I know what he is. I don't expect more than a workhorse who does his best and doesn't create on-ice or off-ice problems. I like Jimmy a lot for those qualities he brings to the table. However, I think those qualities come second to the talent level he brings. The talent level he brings should put him at our #2 keeper.